China to unveil new leaders on Thursday

China's Communist Party will on Thursday unveil the new set of top leaders who will run the country for the next decade, 

The announcement will be come one day after its week-long congress ends. 

The widely expected timing was confirmed  by staff organising press coverage of the congress under way in Beijing, which is held every five years.

President Hu Jintao, who has been in power ten years, is widely expected to hand over the reins of the ruling party to his vice president, Xi Jinping. 

The leadership is revealed to the nation when members of the Politburo Standing Committee march out in a line before the cameras at Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

Mr Xi is widely expected to march out in first position on the committee, indicating he is the new party leader. 

He will then formally be named the country's president next March by China's rubber-stamp parliament.